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Restore American Military Power

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Our military is second to none, but eight years of negligence, lack of accountability, and a reckless war in Iraq have left our ground forces facing shortfalls in both recruitment and readiness. Every service is out of balance and ill-prepared. We need a new strategy to give the military the tools it needs for the challenges we face today. And we need leadership that meets our obligations to the men and women who put their lives on the line.
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U.S. To Hand Over Iraq Bases, Equipment Worth Billions

News The Huffington Post 26 September 2011
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Defending Strategy, Fiscal Responsibility

Report 13 September 2011
As the super committee reconvenes, prominent conservatives are working to take defense spending -- more than 50 percent of discretionary spending -- off the table, and calling into question the debt deal their colleagues negotiated. Basic facts suggest a different approach. Measures enacted thus far have only slowed the rate of growth in the defense budget, while experts point to two wars financed entirely by government borrowing. In order to maintain our security, grow the economy and reduce the deficit, we must start with an honest assessment of the capabilities we both need and can afford -- a strategy to deal with the world we actually face and a willingness to cut what we don't need.
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US Security in a Changing Middle East

Report 12 September 2011
This weekend tensions rose in the Middle East and diplomats prepared for a possible vote in the UN General Assembly on Palestinian statehood. In dramatic and quickly-changing circumstances, the U.S. has unchanging national interests: an unshakeable commitment to the security of our ally Israel and a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Over the weekend, Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel owed President Obama "a special measure of gratitude" for U.S. work with Egypt to protect Israeli diplomatic personnel under siege. At the same time, the weekend's events highlight the importance of close U.S. ties with all the countries of the region - and visible progress toward resolving the conflict. The perpetuation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict foments extremism and frustration in the Arab world, creating challenges for U.S. military, diplomatic and economic objectives.  Progress toward resolving the conflict will not resolve all of the problems in the Middle East, but it will make it easier to pursue core U.S. interests, in addition to making life safer and easier for Israelis and Palestinians.
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NSN Special Update: Leadership, Libya, Liberation

Report 22 August 2011

After more than 40 years, Muammar Qaddafi's corrupt and tyrannical rule appears to be drawing to a close. That victory belongs to the Libyan people who won it with their own lives and the support of the international community. Now, as across the Arab world, comes the hard part: building a stable, democratic and peaceful state. The rebel government, the Transitional National Council, has paid lip-service to those goals. Now they're faced with the hard task of implementing them; the international community should lend support to that effort, but as with the military phase of the mission, Libyans must ultimately win the peace. At home,  the Libyan effort points the way toward an American leadership that makes commitments commensurate with our interests,  shares the burdens with others, and promotes our values while taking into account  financial constraints.

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James Lamond Discusses the Uprising in Libya

News The Block Radio with Tim Mihalsky 22 August 2011
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James Lamond Discusses the Libyan Rebels

News The Karel Show 22 August 2011
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Jacob Stokes Gives a Libya Update

News The Mario Solis Marich Show 22 August 2011
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Experts Respond: How the Deal Affects Defense

Report 1 August 2011

With a debt deal going to a vote, the conversation has shifted to what this agreement will mean for the Pentagon. Experts from both sides of the aisle have long argued that defense spending has to be part of any serious proposal aimed at reducing the deficit. The current proposal splits defense reductions into two phases, the second of which will ideally be based off of recommendations from a joint bipartisan committee. As additional details emerge, NSN has asked several experts to explain the implications for defense spending and American strategy.

 

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